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Assisted by an instructive dream, a secretary learns how to be more personable and thus render her job more enjoyable.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Social guidance; Occupations: Clerical; Gender roles
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: A Changed Secretary
One bad day and this one goes home with an attitude that her roommate advises that she change. One Manhattan (not seen downed) before dinner and she passes out on a chair and sees herself as a mean old hag and once awakened has an epiphany that turns her into all smiles and a crafty thing that acts like a bouncer in the lobby of her bosses office.
Life wasn't so bad for a secretary at mid century. Enough money to share a place with a pleasant roommate with a good set of pots and pans, and cute petsy plaques on the wall. Minimal room for a dining room table...but so what. Girls like her got to go out, pick a man, (most were straight in those days) cross her fingers and hope she was pickin a good one; and, if her choice was a good one, one day live in a sumptuous house in the 'burbs.
It sure beats a lot of things - then and now.
Come to think of it, I like it. In my next life, I want to be a mid-20th century secretary working downtown, with good teeth; shapely, with a nice pair of points, a sunny office with a window, preferably high floor, and the ability to type at 76 wpm and know shorthand like the back of my hand! Yes! I'm inspired.
Thank you Britannica!
Subject: A good motivational film for secretaries
Nothing wrong in learning that it is more effective to have a good attitude and take pride in your position. I enjoyed this 1952 film. The main actresses were excellent. Good script and direction.
Subject: Being Good at a Job that Goes Nowhere
"The people who come into the office, theyÃÂÃÂre so rude and inconsiderate! ItÃÂÃÂs more than I can handle!" complains the rebellious Barbara to her docile roommate Ruth in this 1952 film. Like "Habit Patterns and "Are You Popular?" other films in the Archive made in the fifties, this film instructs young women in submissive and inoffensive behavior. We see cranky Barbara at her job, struggling at the typewriter and being "snippy" to a parade of middle-aged men who come to see her boss. Her bossÃÂÃÂs business doesnÃÂÃÂt seem very successfulÃÂÃÂthe office looks shabby and the men themselves look worn and bedraggled, which gives the film an unintended pathos. Back at the apartment, Barbara falls asleep and finds herself in a "nightmare" office, with a rude secretary. When she sees the secretaryÃÂÃÂs faceÃÂÃÂitÃÂÃÂs Barbara herself! Only this ur-Barbara looks more interestingÃÂÃÂsheÃÂÃÂs dressed in a black glittery outfit and has a sense of self-assurance that suggests that this dream is telling Barbara that she has some hidden potential. Needless to say, the film goes in the other directionÃÂÃÂBarbara wakes up, sees the error of her ways and is now as compliant as Ruth. The rest of the film is taken up with hints on dealing with the public but this film never explores the dead-end nature of clerical work like this for women. I suppose the assumption was that they would eventually get married anyway. The real nightmare in this film is that no matter how good Barbara and Ruth are at their jobs, theyÃÂÃÂre completely expendable.
Subject: Very Good
I really love this one. That whole nightmare sequence could give you your own nightmares, so watch out.
Also, the opening titles for this film say ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ©MCMLIII, aka ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ©1953, not 1952.
Subject: 'The Boss will sleep with you now'
A very bizarre technicolor EB production about good secretaries vs bad secretaries. 'Ruth' decides to quit her job because the people there are so hard to deal with. Her Roommate (sister? Lover?) tells her to think about it and they'll talk about it after dinner. Ruth agrees to this and sits on a chair and almost instantly falls asleep. She has a dream where both Rush and Dorothy are in an office with a very rude secretary who doesnt answer the phone, is rude to people wanting to see the boss, and keeps people waiting. Ruth just can't take this anymore and approaches the lady to realize, (oh the shock!) that it's herself! Snapping out of the dream, she dedicates herself to making herself more friendlier and a much more people-person.
Rather unattractive lead actress, loopy situations and beautiful color makes this of course a MUST SEE on this site!